FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
I love your work, how do I book you?
Please contact me via the form above with your interest and I will respond as soon as I can!
Where is your studio located?
I am located at 1121 E Main St. Suite C in Belleville, IL, just a few miles outside of St. Louis. My storefront studio offers parking behind the building as well as street parking in front.
What type of photography do you specialize in?
I specialize in Babies First Year Photography and have specific training in these areas. I love photographing Maternity, Newborn, Sitter, and First Birthday!! My Babies First Year plan (includes all 4 sessions) is most popular and perfect for those parents who want to document each special milestone.
The safety of your precious baby is my first priority. I have invested hundreds of hours in newborn safety, posing education, and training from the world's top photographers in this field. Your baby will be cared for very gently and never put in a position where they are uncomfortable. Additionally, I am completely up to date on my immunizations and will reschedule your session if I am sick, as I do not want to expose them to anything.
WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO book MY SESSION?
It's never too early to book! I recommend booking as early in your pregnancy as possible, because my calendar fills up so quickly (fully booked 3-4 months in advance). I take a limited number of sessions each month so that I can provide my clients with the best experience possible and leave space for babies that arrive earlier or later than their anticipated due date.
WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO schedule THE Babies First Year SESSIONs?
Maternity Sessions are recommended to be scheduled between 32-36 weeks. 32-34 weeks if having twins.
Newborn studio sessions are scheduled between 5-14 days after the baby is born. This allows for baby to be sleepy and posable for the duration of the session.
Sitter Milestones are scheduled around 7 Months, when baby is sitting up completely unassisted
One Year Milestones are typically scheduled 1-2 weeks prior to their birthday. However, can be scheduled after as well!
what days do you schedule sessions?
Newborn - When you book your session or first year plan, I will put your due date on my calendar so that I can tentatively plan around it. If baby arrives earlier or later than the anticipated due date, there is always room to accommodate! Once baby is born, I ask that you let me know as soon as possible so that we can plan a definitive date and time for the session. Newborn Sessions are held in studio Monday - Fridays.
Maternity and Milestone Sessions are scheduled Monday-Friday. Outdoor sessions are always scheduled in the evenings —one hour before Sunset. I take an extremely limited amount of sessions on Saturdays.
If dad has to go back to work, I recommend either meeting us during their lunch break or taking a half day off (if possible). We can start with the family portraits right at the begining, so dad can go back to work (if need be).
HOW LONG DOES THE SESSION LAST?
Newborn sessions can vary in time due to the nature and often soothing of baby. Expect a minimum of 2 hours in the studio for full sessions. I do not rush the session and allow for baby to take as many breaks as needed. The baby's comfort and safety is my priority.
All other sessions are typically 1 hour.
WHERE DOES THE SESSION TAKE PLACE?
Sessions take place in my downtown Belleville studio, located on Main Street. My studio is very comfortable and I want all of my clients to make themselves feel at home. There is a designated waiting area inside the shooting area, so you can see your baby the entire session.There is also a mini fridge stocked with cold water and is available to store breast milk if need be.
DO WE NEED TO BRING ANYTHING TO THE SESSION?
I provide everything for your session! All you have to do is show up! I have lots of wraps, bonnets, headbands, outfits and props. I individually style each session and always ask for your input on colors. My style is very neutral, simple and minimal.
If you have a special request that you'd like to include in the session, please let me know ahead of time so that I can prepare for it. Whether it be a handmade blanket, heirloom, sports memorabilia or military/law enforcement item, I will do my best to try and incorporate it into your session.
WHEN/HOW DO WE PAY?
I kindly ask clients for a retainer to hold their due date on the calendar, via an online invoice. I take a limited number of newborn sessions a month so that I can accommodate babies that may come early or later than their anticipated due date.
The remaining balance is due by the session and I accept cash, paypal, or credit card(via online invoice)
*payment plans are available upon request*
DO I RECEIVE THE DIGITAL PHOTOS FROM MY SESSION?
Yes! My sessions are all-inclusive and include the # of digital images based on upon the chosen package.
Before you come in for your session, I will help you choose setups and colors of your choice. After your session, I then edit and perfect the best images and send them in an online gallery, where you can download them right to your computer or phone.
I allow my clients to print their photos as they wish, but I do recommend staying away from Walmart, Walgreens and Costco. I suggest using the gallery the images are sent with for the highest quality print. They are very reasonably priced and shipping is fairly quick!
WHAT IS YOUR TURNAROUND TIME ON IMAGES?
My current turnaround time from the day of your session is 2 weeks (excluding weekends/major holidays). If you'd like a couple photos right away for announcements, please let me know and I can accommodate that!
If you are interested in experiencing a custom session, I would be honored to work with you!